The 21st Amendment Brewery is in San Francisco, California and is a brew pub. However, their canned beer is now contract brewed by the Cold Spring Brewery in Cold Spring, Minnesota.
Back in Black - This is a 6.8% ABV black IPA. The beer pours pitch black with a half inch of light brown foam that is thick, creamy and long lasting, leaving medium lacing down the glass. The aroma is equal parts stout and IPA; there is dark roasted coffee and mocha malt, and aromatic, fruity and slightly piney hops. In the taste, the stout aromas predominate, but it has a nicely dry and bitter finish. The handful of black IPA's I have had to date were dominant in the IPA style, this one is more of a stout, but it is very tasty nonetheless.
Hop Crisis Imperial IPA - Part of the Insurrection series of 21st Amendment, this ale is aged on oak spirals. A few years ago there was a severe hop shortage, and that situation inspired this hoppy beer. This beer pours a bright and glowing orange-golden in color with a small head of white foam drifting towards off-white. The aroma is some pine, apricot and plum, and a touch of tropical fruit. The taste is sweet, apricot jam, tropical fruits and a dry, bitter finish with hints of pine and grapefruit peel. There is a slight oakiness in the aftertaste, but it is not intense. This drinks fairly easy for its 9.7% ABV.